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Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place

on Jul 7, 2014 in Blog, blogging others | 41 comments

Christmas In July

Christmas In July


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It is never to early to start working on sewing for the holidays. Gifts, decor, games, calendars – all great for the holiday season. The staff at Martingale Press/That Patchwork Place have put together some fun staff projects in the new book Celebrate Christmas.

I have two favorite projects in the book.

Tree Skirt | Martingale

How fun is this tree skirt? It had texture, depth, dimension and a contemporary/scrappy feel to it. I think I’m drawn to the non-quilter-fabric shimmering out from underneath. It is a really straight-forward pattern, too.

My second favorite, possibly for the same reasons is the Snow + Snowflake Pillow.

Snow Pillows | Celebrate Christmas

They are clean, crisp, and are appliqued onto silk. The textures are just great. Wool felt + silk. Lovely lovely.

Wanna win a free copy of the book? Leave a comment and stop by all the other bloggers for additional chances to win.

For your chance to win a pdf “eBook” copy, please leave a comment answering:

“When do you start your holiday sewing?”

July? December? January? None, I just like it when my sister makes things for me.

Any answer is a good one. The winner will be chosen at random on Monday July 14th. Please make sure your email address comes through so I’ll be able to notify you.

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Friday, June 27:?Pat Wys at Silver Thimble Talk []

Saturday, June 28:?Kim Brackett at Magnolia Bay Quilts []

Monday, June 30:?Rebecca Silbaugh at Ruby Blue Quilts []

Tuesday, July 1:?SewCalGal []

Wednesday, July 2:?Cindy Lammon at Hyacinth Quilt Designs []

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Saturday, July 5:?Cheryl Brown at Quilter Chic []

Monday, July 7:?Jen Eskridge at Reanna Lily Designs []

Tuesday, July 8:?Kathy Brown at The Teacher?s Pet []

Wednesday, July 9: Amy Ellis at Amy’s Creative Side []



  1. With good intentions, I start my Christmas sewing in the summer. However, I may be found feverishly sewing unfinished Christmas projects on Christmas Eve! Thank you for the giveaway.


    July 7, 2014

  2. I do holiday sewing all year long. I already have a stack of things ready to give this Christmas. Even so, there will be plenty of last minute sewing — it seems there is always just one more thing I want to make.

    Lisa Marie

    July 7, 2014

  3. I should start July but end up starting in October. So, I don’t make nearly what I plan to make. 🙂

    Allison Evrard

    July 7, 2014

  4. I start thinking about Christmas sewing in February, start sewing in August, and try to finish up by Christmas Eve. If I don’t finish, I have a head start for next year.


    July 7, 2014

  5. I usually start Christmas sewing in October. Thanks!


    July 7, 2014

  6. I try to start in March or April – starting is not the problem with me – it’s finishing!

    Kay M

    July 7, 2014

  7. I start when the mood strikes me, or I see a new pattern or idea. Like many I know, my problem is finishing by Christmas!


    July 7, 2014

  8. I usually start sewing for Christmas in September. Then I get over-ambitious and try to complete too many projects…………which I then finish in January!

    Linda Webster

    July 7, 2014

  9. I am starting my Christmas sewing this week! My friends will be coming over and we’ll try to keep each other encouraged so we can finish some UFOs and maybe learn new tricks. I’m excited 🙂


    July 7, 2014

  10. I usually start when I find something that speaks to me as being just what the receiver would like. That could be any time of year. Of course there are always those very last second starts as the date approaches faster than expected.

    Nancy N

    July 7, 2014

  11. I start when I see a Holiday project that I must make.


    July 7, 2014

  12. HI,I start about now,dreaming anyway of all the neat Christmas items I’ll make. I have started a Tree skirt for my daughter-which is of a large Lemoyne Star! Thanks for sharing!


    July 7, 2014

  13. I start my holiday sewing usually in July, but if I see something really cute before, I make it

    Jutta Cia

    July 7, 2014

  14. I start my Christmas projects right after Christmas and work on them through the year … If I am lucky … I manage to get a few finished on time!


    July 7, 2014

  15. I start my projects in June, just after school gets out. And then I hope that at least I have some ornaments made and some of the gifts quilted, but sometimes they turn into Valentine gifts…..


    July 7, 2014

  16. I am bad about waiting until the last minute. Usually late October or November is when I begin my Christmas sewing.

    Carrie P.

    July 7, 2014

  17. The more I look at the projects in this book,the more I like them.


    July 7, 2014

  18. I shop for Christmas all year long. Projects are usually started early in the year, but somehow not finished until the next Christmas. 🙁

    Debbie Barnes

    July 7, 2014

  19. I should have already started :/ But it seems “The Hurrieder I Go, The Behinder I Get” LOL

    Amy Caldwell

    July 7, 2014

  20. Start in spring then put aside then find again in June or July. Do a little more then maybe get done by Christmas!


    July 7, 2014

  21. I have already started some projects this year I hopefully will finish them but it’s no sure thing. My intentions are always good. Love your Tree skirt very different.

    Mary Allen

    July 7, 2014

  22. I always have good intentions to start early, but I procrastinate and don’t start until Oct/Nov.

    Vicki H

    July 7, 2014

  23. I have to have hand made gifts ready early for the mail, but I still cut it close.

    Sandy K

    July 7, 2014

  24. My goal during the summer months, but usually once it starts to get cooler towards the end so Septmber.

    Annette S.

    July 7, 2014

  25. I start my Christmas projects in January. Should say I finish the ones that didn’t make it for the previous Christmas and just keep working away on them.


    July 8, 2014

  26. I never see, to be ready to sew for Christmas in July–I think it’s the 100+ degree temps outside! But, by Sept, I realize that I have to get moving or I’ll run out of time! Happens every year! Maybe this book will help me get started earlier this year!


    July 8, 2014

  27. The truth is, I don’t really make holiday projects. I just make quilts and small gifts to give that aren’t holiday themed. If I start in October, they might be ready for the Christmas season the following year!! Tee Hee


    July 8, 2014

  28. I love sewing at the last minute till late into the night!

    Linda G.

    July 8, 2014

  29. I would love to have this book, I am planning to make a Hexagon qullt and this would help get Christmas gifts done. Thanks for the chance to win

    Connie Taravella

    July 8, 2014

  30. Always looking for new designs for X-mas things out of the ordinary its nice to see these designs are more unique.

    Evelyn Al-Misnad

    July 8, 2014

  31. Well, I hope and plan to start by the 2nd week of July, although I have attempted most of the time by the beginning of June.
    The bigger question is when do you REALLY get started? Ummmmmm for one reason or another, I usually finally get started sometime in December. LOL I’ve been known to be finishing the last of a project as family is coming in the back door for the Christmas meal more than once. Two years ago I finished my Granddaughters 1st Christmas dress at 2:30am, went to bed, then had to get up 2 hours later to start cooking since we were doing a huge breakfast buffet meal that year for the first time. I looked more like a Zombie than Mom/Grandma.


    July 8, 2014

  32. I usually start in the summer. Sometimes I have made things earlier but have not decided it would be a Christmas present until much later. Anyway, I would love to win this book. It looks like it has a load of ideas.

    Cindy Holthaus

    July 8, 2014

  33. Although starting in July always sounds like a great idea…. I have to admit, I usually don’t begin sewing Christmas gifts until November! Maybe this book will be motivation to make this year different!

    Judy F

    July 8, 2014

  34. I work on projects all year and then at Christmas I decide which will be gifts and which will stay. I still have to run out and buy gifts because it seems there is never enough!!!!


    July 9, 2014

  35. I pick out patterns in January, look at fabric choices on hot summer days in August,…and frantically get started right after Halloween, usually the first part of November!!! I guess I do my best work when under pressure!

    Janet Frank

    July 9, 2014

  36. I TRY to sew all year long for Christmas. I usually get caught about November with not enough gifts made. Thank you for the great giveaway.


    July 9, 2014

  37. I am a procrastinator so, I would say the week of christmas.
    But, you should really ask, when do you finish your christmas sewing projects?


    July 9, 2014

  38. Later in the year after it cools down.


    July 9, 2014

  39. Much to my shame I start very late, around the end of November! Yikes!

    Jo J

    July 13, 2014

  40. I usually start around November. 🙂


    July 14, 2014

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